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05/08/15: Bill Bishop; Media Roundtable Week In Review; Haiti Aid; 'Steel Magnolias'

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According to a legal opinion released from the city’s Office of General Counsel this week, the signs on the exterior of Veterans Memorial Arena advertising the Hunt, Green & James law firm violate the city's charter and state laws. We speak with Jacksonville City Councilman Bill Bishop, who introduced legislation involving this earlier this year.

Then we discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Dan Scanlan, Florida Times-Union reporter; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include this week's mayoral and sheriff's debates, Governor Rick Scott's lawsuit against the federal government over Medicaid, and more.

We also learn of an upcoming opportunity to get involved in ongoing local efforts to lift up the poorest of the poor in Haiti through the microfinance program Fonkoze. Jacksonville attorney and activist Michael Fisher and Steven Werlin of the Haitian group Chemen Lavi Miyò join us.

And we get a preview of Stage Aurora's production of "Steel Magnolias" from director Shauntel Bennett-Robinson and actress Alvenia Effie Derban.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.